Professionals from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) have just revealed that PIP breast implants are safe, but may rupture in the process of using them. Providers of such medical aids are instructed to discuss the pros and cons of using such implants with the concerned patients.

After an array of tests, the investigators found that PIP breast implants did not apparently lead to long term complications in the body. However, there were chances of the implant cracking down or leaking silicone. Therefore women may need to undergo replacement or removal surgeries at some point of time. Even in cases where implants have no clear flaws, there are about 15 to 30% chances of women feeling the need to remove them.

Consultant plastic surgeon and BAAPS President Fazel Fatah, who participated in the Expert Group shared, “Despite rigorous testing showing no long-term danger to human health from the individual chemicals in the gel, the fact remains that PIPs are significantly more likely to rupture and leak and, therefore, cause physical reactions in an unacceptable proportion of the patients. We agree with the report findings that anxiety itself is a form of health risk and thus it is entirely reasonable for women to have the right to opt for removal – regardless of whether there has been rupture.”

Women with PIPs that have officially been cited to be defective should be given the choice of removal surgery, irrespective of whether their symptoms or ruptures show up. The investigators also disclosed that sometimes anxiety of wearing such implants may cause problems for women. Providers of defective implants owe an explanation to the affected parties, regardless of any overt effects seen in them, they say.

This is the team’s final report on PIP implants, which showed that bad quality implants ought to be removed from all the corresponding patients.